Young Aussie girls are being encouraged to take advantage of the growing number of programs that are specifically designed to help them develop a passion for science and technology and learn valuable enterprise skills – such as the newly launched Academy for Enterprising Girls.

The program, funded through the Australian Government’s Future Female Entrepreneurs’ Program, is aimed at all Australian girls aged 10 to 18 years old and is a great way to get more young women interested in business and growing STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) professions. The program is being officially launched at Parliament House, Canberra by The Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg on December 4 2019.

“As a big supporter of women in science and technology, the Tech Girls Movement Foundation is proud to be a foundation partner of the Academy for Enterprising Girls,” said Founder & CEO of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen.

“I’d really urge all young women to find out more about the program, how they can get involved, and how they can develop their own interest in science, technology and business.

“With so many jobs of the future focused around enterprise skills – skills like critical thinking, teamwork and digital skills – having an entrepreneurial mindset is becoming increasingly important so programs like this will be invaluable.”

The Tech Girls Movement Foundation has joined forces with the Academy for Enterprising Girls to run a series of half-day workshops in 2020 around Australia, alongside Young Change Agents and the Foundation for Young Australians.

“We’re really excited about these workshops, which will bring the program to life and help young women develop a positive mindset and encourage them to consider how being an entrepreneur can have a positive impact on the world. It is a timely collaboration, in line with our exciting new 2020 Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign, which will launch on International Women’s Day in 2020.”

“Young women need to know that they don’t have to figure it out by themselves. We have some really great programs out there ready to support girls to be entrepreneurs and tech superheroes.”

“If you have a student or daughter with an interest in STEM or their own business idea, the Academy for Enterprising Girls and the Tech Girls Movement Foundation are great ways to encourage those interests and develop a life-long passion.”

The Academy for Enterprising Girls is an online one-stop-shop offering girls practical advice from some of Australia’s leading businesswomen and organisations. In 2020 an e-learning program will launch, as well as a national series of in-person workshops aimed at teaching girls design thinking and enterprise skills.

“I’m really looking forward to running a series of half-day workshops in March and April 2020 to introduce female students, teachers, and parents to the many fulfilling opportunities in entrepreneurship,” said Dr Beekhuyzen.